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Local Art by Anastasia Gustafson: Holiday Window Painting in Wheaton, IL.

Photo shows Wheaton, IL College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors location displaying Anastasia Gustafson’s art. I work for College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors as a tutor–but sometimes, I get to have fun and paint the windows, too! During the December 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors asked me to bring some much needed holiday cheer to the windows …


Reading For Inclusion

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward We are living in a tumultuous age. As teachers, it is our job to address this tension in the classroom and shed light on the perspectives of the oppressed. These two novels offer wonderful insights on racism in contemporary America. …


Graphic Novels For ELA

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Mister Miracle is a slow burn, but it’s worth the wait. We follow Scott Free through a psychological journey: reawakening or meltdown–it’s up to the reader to decide. There is a lot to be explored about gender roles, the common perceptions surrounding masculinity, and misconceptions regarding mental …


What I’m Reading Now (October 2020)

John Kennedy Toole has done what not many authors do successfully: render me absolutely speechless. Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist of this contemporary, carnival-satire, baptizes the world in his unruly, disgusting, and exceedingly bulging fire. A man who embodies all seven deadly sins, a college-educated hot-dog vendor, and an evil oaf; Ignatius J. Reilly might …